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Rigel: Merck Serono Exercises Option In Japanese Territory (Japan)

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Rigel Pharmaceuticals Inc. reports that Merck KGaA's Merck Serono division exercised its option to add the Japanese territory to its Aurora kinase collaboration that includes Rigel's lead product, R763/AS703569. Rigel will receive a $3 million payment in exchange for the extended development and marketing rights. In October 2005, Rigel and Merck Serono signed a worldwide collaboration, excluding Japan, to develop R763/AS703569 and other Aurora kinase inhibitors. R763/AS703569 has exhibited anti-tumor activity against a range of cancer cell lines. (Click here for more - May Require Paid Subscription

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